Lee’s Summit North goalkeeper Colin Dooley got his hand on the penalty kick.
But it wasn’t enough to stop Jackson Wood’s shot from going into the net late in the first half in the Class 4 District 12 final against archrival Lee’s Summit.
That goal was enough for the Tigers to claim a 1-0 victory and the district crown Wednesday at Lee’s Summit North High School.
“The boys fought hard and did all they could on the night,” Broncos coach Ryan Kelley said after his team finished 15-9. “Unfortunately we came up a little short.”
North’s best chance to score came in the opening minutes but it was unable to convert. AJ James booted the direct kick just outside the penalty box off the inside of the post. It bounced back in front of the goal. The Broncos got a head on the ball as it bounced across, but that shot went just wide of the open net.
“It was our best opportunity of the night,” Kelley said. “After that the match went back and forth between the two teams. Neither team looked exceptionally sharp in their attack.”
The Broncos mounted a second-half push to get the equalizer but a North player got a second yellow card midway through the period and went a man down.
“In the second half we were aggressive trying to get the ball forward to create some offense,” Kelley said. “The Lee’s Summit back line did a good job denying our dribble penetration and was able to keep us from playing the ball over the top. About halfway through the second half we went down a player when one of our forwards got two yellow cards. We adjusted to being a man down and adjusted our formation to try and get numbers into the attack. We could not find the goal in the final moments to extend the match.”
Lee’s Summit (13-7) advances to meet Sedalia Smith-Cotton (25-1) in a sectional playoff Tuesday.
SOUTHERN BOONE 1, OAK GROVE 0: Oak Grove couldn’t find the offense and saw its district title season come to a close with a Class 2 sectional playoff overtime loss to Southern Boone Tuesday in Ashland, Mo.
The host Eagles scored with eight minutes left in the first overtime to claim the win.
“This was a dream of a season and I hate that it had to come to an end,” Oak Grove coach Zach Herzig said after his team finished 17-10. “I am not one to usually blame anything on a loss, but this time I really think the field played a huge factor into it. Don't get me wrong Southern Boone is a great team, they just had a huge advantage. Southern Boone knows how to play on that field, the fact that they only lost one game on it all year proves this.”
Oak Grove defeated Clinton 1-0 last Thursday to claim the Class 2 District 10 title.
“I told the boys to look at what we did this season and to look at how much people fell in love with soccer here,” Herzig said. “I think this season has brought soccer back to life in Oak Grove. I believe there will be more good seasons coming our way. Our younger guys have experienced success. That experience will bring more success.”